Embakasi East MP Babu Owino says he is a targeted man

Embakasi East MP Babu Owino says he is a targeted man

Controversial Embakasi East MP Babu Owino has called upon the Inspector General of Police to investigate individuals who are out to kill him.

The legislator, in a Sunday statement, revealed that he had, over the past few months, been receiving threats against his life over his political stance.

In recent weeks, however, the threats and insults towards the MP increased worryingly, culminating into him being an active target

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Embakasi East MP Hon Paul Ongili alias Babu Owino PHOTO/COURTESY

 “I can report that I am a targeted man. I have been consistently followed during the day and at night by a saloon vehicle that I now know, with four occupants. Yesterday, these men made an attempt on my life,” an irate Owino said.

Maintaining his defiance despite the looming danger, the provocative MP vowed to continue speaking out on behalf of oppressed Kenyans, until death comes his way.

“I have done my duty to the people fearlessly and will continue to do so until the Lord calls me home,” he wrote.

In the statement, Owino claimed that highly placed politicians are the ones behind the attempt on his life, saying that he had already reported the matter at Parliament Police Station.

“I will not stop. I shall not stop. Death comes to us all and I know mine will eventually come. I am not afraid of dying for my beliefs and in service to my people. Tialala!” An unmoved Owino concluded.

 

GRUESOME: Blow by blow details of how Major Mugure drugged his family before strangling them to death

GRUESOME: Blow by blow details of how Major Mugure drugged his family before strangling them to death

Detectives are now following leads that Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) employee, Major Peter Mwaura Mugure, may have first drugged his two children and the estranged wife before strangling them.

Police believe that soldier may have drugged and strangled the children outside the Laikipia Airforce barracks several hours before he repeated the same on his estranged wife.

The military man is said to have left his house with the two children at around 9.30am and returned later at around midday without them. According to detectives, he may have used drugs to make them fall asleep before strangling them to avoid raising any suspicion.

Detectives believe Mugure may have strangled the wife between 1 and 4pm, when he went to the gate to collect the wife’s ID, and left the barracks for an unknown destination and later returned later in the evening. Sleuths pursuing the case believe that Mugure may have hatched the plot to kill the three after the court ordered that Sh75,000 should be deducted from his salary each month for the upkeep of the two children.

Court order

The court issued the order after DNA results indicated that Mugure had fathered the two children. The army officer after disagreeing with Symobua, had disowned the children leading to a court battle that ended up with the court ordering for a DNA test.

“The man had only paid the money for three months and had been complaining to friends about being uncomfortable with the arrangement. We believe he enticed the three with the aim of finishing them,” a police source said.

The three bodies are believed to have been buried the same day at night, October 26, 2019.

Details also emerged that a casual labourer at the Laikipia Air Base senior officers’ mess who is suspected to have assisted Mugure in a triple homicide on his two children and their mother led investigators to where the three were buried in a shallow grave.

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Joyce Syombua with her children, now all deceased PHOTO/COURTESY

The labourer, Collins Pamba , 21, worked at the officers’ mess as a cleaner and is alleged to have assisted in either executing, removal or disposing of the three bodies in a shallow grave at Nanyuki’s Thingithu Estate, a site that was previously used by the defunct Municipal Council of Nanyuki as a cemetery. Investigators had spent the whole of Saturday tying loose ends into the disappearance of Joyce Syombua, 31, her daughter Shanice Maua, 10, and son Prince Michael, 5, who went missing three weeks ago after a visit to their dad and estranged husband who had sought to see them as per a court directive that he should be seeing his children regularly.

They singled out the cleaner after tracing that had been in communication with  Mugure over the phone several times during the dates that the three went missing.  In the course of investigations police received a tip off from a taxi driver who had been called through his cellphone by Major Mugure and requested him to deliver some sleeping drugs and three gunny sacks.

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The late Shanice who was to celebrate her 11th birthday on 1st November Photo/Courtesy

This information led to the arrest of the army man by the military police who was then handed him over to Nanyuki Police station. Laikipia East Criminal Investigation Officer Jacob Muriithi said they have not established whether the taxi driver delivered the commodities as he denied having fallen to Mugure’s requests after he was told he would also ferry some an identified staff from the base for disposal.

Vehicle detained

The taxi driver is however free as he had voluntarily gone to the police station to provide the information after he heard the news of the disappearance. His vehicle is however being detained at Nanyuki police station. On Saturday the office of the DCI found out about the casual labourer who it was established that had been in regular communication with Mugure during his family’s visit. The two are said to have began their day together at the barracks where they spent about three hours.

On Saturday, journalists camped about a kilometer from the Laikipia Air Base Gate after they were denied access inside the barracks.

And when a convoy of police officers’ vehicles came out of the camp they went straight to Thingithu’s Makaburi area where the cleaner who was accompanied by Major Mugure showed the investigators where the bodies had been buried.

According to a police officer who is privy to the ongoing investigations and who sought anonymity as he is not authorised to talk to the media, the two children may have been killed outside the camp when Mugure moved out with them leaving their mother freshening up.

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Bodies of the three family members recovered at Thingithu’s Makaburi area Photo/Courtesy

Mugure had claimed the children were at a friend’s place when he came back without them, and informed his estranged wife that he wanted to square out some matter with her in their absence.

Syombua had indicated that in her last text message to her friend Farizana Syombua whom she had been in constant communication with since their arrival in Nanyuki. She had texted her indicating that Mugure had come back without the children. “We believe Syombua may have been drugged and strangled to death in the house in the army barracks and her body ferried out using Mugure’s car. The children may have been murdered and were placed somewhere yet to be established, before being collected later for disposal,” said the police officer.

The officer said it is believed that while leaving the barracks for the second time when he was ferrying out the body of Syombua in his vehicle, he collected her ID card, which she had left at the gate as a security measure for all civilians entering the facility. The officer said when they visited the house it was sparkling clean and there was no sign of struggle or blood stains, adding that the casual labourer might have been used to do the cleaning in the house.

“The casual labourer may have been present during the killing of Syombua and in fact he is the one who went through the window to open for us the back door as the main door one was closed,” said the officer 

Mugure’s phone was also traced to have been near the Nanyuki dumping site which is located barely two kilometers from the Air Base at the time the three were reported missing and also matched reports by the site watchman who said there was a man who had sought to dump some waste but declined to allow him as he wanted to do it at night.

Syombua’s phone that was recovered from a matatu registered with 4NTE Sacco is also believed to have been planted there as a cover up since the car never made a trip to Nairobi as Mugure had claimed.

The army officer had claimed he had escorted the three to board a matatu to the city but they never made it.

Laikipia County Criminal Investigation Officer Peter Muinde after retrieving the bodies from the shallow grave where they were buried wrapped in three gunny sacks and tied carefully with nylon ropes said forensic investigations would be conducted to confirm whether the bodies belonged to the missing three. “We have to further carry out investigations to establish whether these three bodies belong to those missing three. The bodies have decomposed to some extent and only forensics examination will give the true details,” said Muinde.

Yesterday, officers from the Homicide Department at the DCI Nairobi office had taken up the matter and the scene where the bodies were retrieved condoned off under heavy police security.

After the bodies were exhumed officers returned there later to secure the site following the arrival of the homicide investigations officers.

Mugure is expected to be produced in court today where the investigators will be seeking more time to hold him for further investigations and possibly more arrests. The bodies which were taken to Nanyuki Teaching and referral hospital Mortuary might also be moved to Nairobi for forensic examination.

Stop advising yourself; Mutahi Ngunyi tells DP Ruto

Stop advising yourself; Mutahi Ngunyi tells DP Ruto

Renowned political analyst Prof Mutahi Ngunyi has advised Deputy President William Ruto on the need to broaden his base of advisors rather than running a one-man show.

Ngunyi said that Ruto’s pride as a self-made man was also his bane as he was essentially only accountable to himself.

The political analyst said such leaders who are self-made tend to run a one-man show that mutates into a dictatorship.

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DP Ruto joined faithful to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Bishop Muiru Ministry, Kasarani Sports Centre, Nairobi County. PHOTO/COURTESY

“William Ruto advises William Ruto. He is only accountable to himself. At least we know Uhuru Kenyatta has a mother and a wife who will tell him when he is off-track. Raila Odinga has Ida who actively advises him. I don’t foresee a situation where Rachael Ruto calls him and he is nyoroshwad (straightened) by his wife.”

“If you look at the people around him, they are all rented. He needs to look for a mentor around the region, maybe Museveni or Magufuli. That way, he can be accountable to certain people,” Ngunyi said.

The professor of political economy noted that Ruto’s bitter complain regarding the Kibra by-election was proof of poor mentorship noting that the DP was reacting out of irritation and Raila’s team was taking advantage.

“The art of war teaches that when your enemy is easily irritable, prod him and make him irritated at all times. That is what ODM is doing. They are prodding him like a frog and he jumps up with a tweet,” he said.

FOREWARNING: HELB to publish names and photos of loan defaulters

FOREWARNING: HELB to publish names and photos of loan defaulters

The Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) has announced a new measure against all Kenyan beneficiaries who have defaulted on repayment from 1975.

In an undated notice, HELB noted that it will begin placing the names and photos of all loan defaulters on the local dailies in the next one month.

“Please take not that the names and pictures of HELB loan beneficiaries who have defaulted repayment of the loan from 1975 to date shall be published in the leading newspapers after expiry of 30 days from the date of this notice and thereafter legal action may ensue against each defaulter as stipulated in the HELB act,” the notice read in part.

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Students and parents return loan application forms at the Higher Education Loans Board offices in Nairobi. FILE PHOTO

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HELB explained that the notorious defaulters had failed to respond to various attempts by the loans board to reach them.

“Some beneficiaries who are in default have not responded to previous communication addressed to them yet the funds received from loan repayment are used to support the current needy students therefore sustained default hinders funding of other deserving Kenyan youth.

“HELB wishes to notify the general public and loan defaulters that the HELB student loan is a government debt which should be repaid as per the terms and conditions on which it was advanced,” the notice elaborated.

SAGANA REUNION: Leaders from Mt. Kenya region hailed their meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta

SAGANA REUNION: Leaders from Mt. Kenya region hailed their meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta

After the meeting with the President, the leaders, who have been sharply divided by early succession politics, creating two groupings, Kieleweke, that appears to support the Handshake between Uhuru and Opposition leader Raila Odinga and the Tangatanga team that is in support of DP William Ruto’s bid, walked out optimistic that the region could now have common bearing in tackling challenges that have created a wedge among themselves.

Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi said the meeting had left all parties happy, following the President‘s address on key issues, lauding his call on leaders in the region to exercise political hygiene.

“The President was spot on the need for us to unite and exercise political hygiene. The leaders were enthusiastic in receiving him and the meeting addressed key issues of the region’s unity and economic development,” he said.

The governor said it was important for the President to call on the leaders to exercise patience on the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report. “He wondered why people are making all this noise when they have not read it,” said Kiraitu.

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MPs allied to Tangatanga faction of Jubilee Party in Sagana meeting. PHOTO/COURTESY

Nominated MP Maina Kamanda said the President was categorical that factional politics in Mt. Kenya would hurt his legacy and urged leaders to stop petty politicking. He is a key Uhuru lieutenant.

“Why can’t we wait until the BBI report is out so that we can remove the bad things and implement the good ideas?” former Embu Senator Lenny Kivuti said.

Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua commended the President’s support for equality of the vote, a matter that had led to a section of Central Kenya leaders warning that they would shoot down the BBI report if it did not address injustices in the weight of the vote.

“We are happy that he supports us on that, and that is all that we have been saying; one-man-one-vote-one-shilling. We are on the same page on this. But importantly, as he has said, let us wait for the report to see what it proposes,” he said.

Embu Senator Njeru Ndwiga shared the governor’s sentiments: “The meeting appeared to be getting the people from the region together as we are now seriously fragmented. We feel that most of our concerns, especially matters to do with agriculture, were addressed, although there is a promise from the Head of State that he will visit each of the region’s counties, to specifically address each of their unique issues,” said Mr. Ndwiga.

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President Uhuru Kenya arriving at Sagana State Lodge Photo/Courtesy

Ndwiga said the President made a great effort to pacify the region, urging its leaders to focus on more important issues and not dwell on politics, “which to me makes a lot of sense”.

Nyeri Town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu said the meeting was a forum for the President to give the region direction, dissuading them against engaging in early politics. The MP said it was important for local leaders to be taken through the required “political hygiene” so as to end the hostilities that have been brought about by early campaigns by leaders positioning themselves for 2022 elections.

He said it was important that Uhuru demystified issues that had split the region, creating fodder for politicians engaging in succession politics.

“He was displeased that people are discussing how to succeed him while he is still in office, cautioning us against premature politics and fighting one another,” he said.”

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Inua Mama Initiative members led by Kandara MP Alice Wahome during one of their events. Photo/Courtesy

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Embrace Kenya team members on arrival in Mwingi for their Kitui meeting PHOTO/COURTESY

Unlike in previous successions, there is no clear successor this time round, a factor that is increasingly causing discomfort and a feeling of political vulnerability.

A string of political setbacks has also taken a heavy toll on the region’s collective psyche, fostering a deep sense of siege, which has seen cracks within the region’s leadership in the form of Jubilee Party’s Kieleweke and Tangatanga factions and women lobbies of Embrace and Inua Mama.